As Youths are Preparing to celebrate The International Youth day which is sent to be celebrated on Wednesday More than 200 Youth enlisted in National Hygiene (Kazi Mtaani) Programe in Kisii County have been sensitized on reproductive health matters..
The sensitization exercise held at Nyanchwa area in the outskirts of Kisii town under this years theme which is “Youth Engagement for Global Action” seeks to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes, as well as draw lessons on how their representation and engagement in formal institutional politics can be significantly enhanced.
Speaking to Gusii star after the exercise, Janet Ongoro, a reproductive health Nurse at Kisii teaching and Referral hospital said skills on reproductive health was a matter of urgency for the youth during this Covid19 pandemic.
She said the youth received knowledge on protection against Sexually Transmitted Infections including HIV/Aids, unwanted pregnancies, seeking for immediate treatment and reporting after rape incidents.
Ms Ongoro Noted that about from Kazi mtaani has helped youths to be engaged from idleness which leads them to bad behavior including crimes.
“ Apart from this job being a source of living for a portion of the young population, but had helped engage them from idleness which leads to bad behavior including crime” she said
According to County Youth Director Daniel Kirui more than 3,700 youths in the county have benefited from the program In Kisii county
Kirui described challenges for the county youth who comprise 30% of the 1.2 m county population as unemployment, underpayment for skills acquired, teenage pregnancies and layoffs from work during the pandemic.
He said all the informal settlements of Nubia, Daraja Mbili, Mwembe and Jogoo areas were represented in the preparations for the international youth day whose theme is “youth engagement for global action.”
One Youth Wycliff Buluma applauded kazi M ntaani saying it enabled him to be equipped him with life skills besides earning an income.
Dolphine Kemunto said she was now aware of the importance of speaking out when faced with challenges of reproductive health, and how to assist those caught up with unwanted pregnancies or sexual abuse.
In 1999, the General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) that 12 August be declared International Youth Day.
International Youth Day gives an opportunity to celebrate and mainstream young peoples’ voices, actions and initiatives, as well as their meaningful, universal and equitable engagement. The commemoration will take the form of a podcast-style discussion that is hosted by youth for youth, together with independently organized commemorations around the world that recognize the importance of youth participation in political, economic and social life and processes.